Minnesota Hunting News

CWD Sample Submitters Eligible for Prizes
To encourage hunters to bring their deer in to Department of Natural Resources (DNR) chronic wasting disease (CWD) sites, the DNR along with several organizations and businesses are offering prizes through a drawing. All hunters, in select permit areas, who turn in a sample will receive a cooperator patch and be automatically entered in a drawing to win one of several firearms and bows that are being provided as an incentive from the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, Gander Mountain, Bluffland Whitetails Association, Austin-Halleck, and the Minnesota Sport Archery Association.
Looking for a new place to hunt this fall? The Minnesota DNR offers its Public Recreation Information Maps (PRIM) as a resource for recreational hunters looking for public lands on which to hunt.
Purchase Deer Licenses Early to Avoid Delays
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages firearms deer hunters to purchase their deer licenses now to avoid the rush that will occur before the general firearms deer season opener on Nov. 8.
DNR Plans Temporarily Forest Road Closures
Hunters and other state forest users should be aware that a small portion of state forest roads will be temporarily closed to automobile and truck travel in the months ahead to protect them from damage.
DNR Shooting/Archery Range Development Grants Available
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced today that $240,000 in Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources grant money is now available to nonprofit groups and organizations for the improvement of shooting and archery range facilities around the state.
Special Deer Hunts to be Held
Special deer hunts will take place this fall in 21 Minnesota state parks for those persons selected in a special hunt drawing to be held by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
DNR Continues Extensive CWD Testing
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced plans today to nearly triple the number of wild deer tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) during this fall’s hunting seasons.
2003 Camp Ripley Archery Hunt Deadline Approaching
Hunters interested in the 2003 regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls are reminded that this year’s Aug. 15 application deadline is fast approaching. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) began accepting applications for the hunts July 1.
Surplus Bear Licenses Available
Although there were 20,110 quota area bear licenses available this year in 11 bear permit areas, 5,144 licenses remain for seven of those areas because there were not enough applicants, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
2003 Deer Season Outlook
After mild winters five out of the past six years, Minnesota’s deer population has continued to increase, particularly in northern-forested areas hit the hardest by the back-to-back severe winters of 1995-1996 and 1996-1997. The pre-hunt population of deer this fall is estimated at 1.14 million, up nearly 50,000 from last year.